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Eugene W. Hancock Papers

Identifier: GTM-20230803

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of music manuscripts of compositions by Eugene W. Hancock. It also includes biographies of Hancock and other Black composers, a letter from Robert J. Batastini (G.I.A. Publications), "Spiritual Lullaby" by William B. Cooper, "Funf Stucke fur Orchester" by Anton Webern, and the 1990-1991 choral music schedule for West End Presbyterian Church.


  • 1970 - 1994


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Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Biographical Note

Eugene W. Hancock was born in St. Louis, MO, on February 17, 1929 and died on January 21, 1994. He received his bachelor of music degree from the University of Detroit, his master's degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and a doctorate in sacred music from Union Theological Seminary in New York.

In New York he served as assistant organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (1963-66), organist-choirmaster of St. Philip's Episcopal Church (1974-82), and organist-choirmaster and director of music at West End Presbyterian Church (1982-90). In Detroit he was organist-choirmaster at New Calvary Baptist Church (1967-70), St. Philip's Lutheran Church and St. Titus Lutheran Church.

Eugene W. Hancock was a professor of music at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY) from 1970 until his death in 1994.

He was the presenter and performer for the American Guild of Organists Educational Cassette Organ Music of Black Composers (1992). The American Organist published his article "Organ Music by Black Composers" in 1981.

His own compositions include Absalom and Nunc Dimittis for baritone and piano (1977); As Smoke Is Blown Away for SATB, organ, brass quartet and timpani; numerous anthems and hymn tunes. Many of his works were published, and several have been included in anthologies.

Eugene W. Hancock was an active member of the American Guild of Organists, serving as sub-dean of the New York City AGO Chapter. He was also a member of the National Association of Negro Musicians, the Association of Anglican Musicians, The Bohemians, the Saint Wilfrid Club, the Society of College Composers, the Hymn Society of America and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians.

Sources: Selah Publishing Co. biography of Eugene W. Hancock; Andrej Koymasky biography of Eugene W. Hancock; biography found in collection.


0.4 Cubic Feet (in 5 folders)

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Custodial History

The materials found in this collection were originally sent by Eugene W. Hancock to Mickey Thomas Terry.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dr. Mickey Thomas Terry, 2023-2024.

Related Materials

See also the Mickey Thomas Terry Papers and the William B. Cooper Papers.

Processing Information

The collection has been rehoused in acid-free boxes and folders.

Eugene W. Hancock Papers
John Zarrillo
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Revision Statements

  • 2024-03: "Fantasy" manuscript (from accession GTM-20240309) added to the collection by John Zarrillo.

Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057